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africa has been diagnosed with the disease. he's in isolation at new york's bellevue hospital. health officials say three people who had been in contact with spencer, his fiancee and his friends are in quarantine. let's go straight to bellevue hospital where that doctor is now in quarantine and where there was a press conference this evening. poppi harlow is there. they are saying it's an overabundance of caution but new yorkers should definitely not panic. >> yes. they do not want new yorkers to panic because of how hard it is to contract this disease. they understand the fear, but they said the more you know the less you need to panic. they say that when the 33-year-old doctor who was working in guinea for doctors without borders, when he realized sometime this morning
between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., that he was getting a higher fever, that he may be sympt symptomat symptomatic, he immediately called authorities, they brought him here to the hospital, following every single precaution. they locked his apartment behind them. he's been in isolation at bellevue ever since. they say it could not have gone more smoothly and new york could not have been more prepared. this is the preimminent hospital to deal with this. you mentioned the four people he was in direct contact with, three of them are quarantined b, one along with him at the hospital, two at home. he was not in isolation. he tried to stay in his apartment most of the time when he returned on october 17 from guinea, but he did venture out. we know as recently as yesterday, he took the subway and also an uber cab and he went bowling in williamsburg, brooklyn. we know that he visited a restaurant in new york city. we don't know which one. we also know that he visited the
highline park, a very -- an area that's full of people and tourists in new york city. so he was not quarantined. a lot of people on twitter, as you know, are asking why was he out and about. well, he did follow every protocol, we're told, of doctors without borders, the group he was working with. he regularly took his temperature two times a day. immediately when he found these symptoms he did what he was supposed to do. >> i think i misspoke and i said overabundance to be cautious here in the city. he did do what he was supposed to do. but as i spoke now to the head of the office of emergency management, they still are interested in tracking his movements. and finding out exactly where he went. and they're using the subway to do that. >> they are. they say he's cooperating and he told them everywhere he went. but this is also a patient fighting for his life. he's a patient that needs to focus on getting better right
now, so they are using his metro card for example to track -- you can track every where will he went on his metro card for the last eight days since he's been back in the united states. because at this hour, what they are doing what they immediately began doing in new york is track everyone who may have been in contact with him. who was bowling with him last night at the bowling alley, you bet they're going to talk to those people. they closed it down. they're going to be inspecting it, sanitizing the bowling alley. you can bet they will be talking to his neighbors, people in his building. this is really about two critical things, saving the life of this doctor and making sure this does not spread to anyone else in new york city, the govern governor, the mayor, saying new york could not be better prepared to do that but they have to follow all the steps to do that and that means cracking down everyone they can. >> thank you very much. i want to turn now to our next guests. juliette, is new york city doing
tonight -- is what they're doing tonight the model in what a city should be doing when faced with an ebola patient? >> absolutely. i mean, it didn't begin tonight. that's the important thing. for months before they were doing the training. it's not just the public health officials. it's the interdisciplinary training, the locals with the state and the federal government, integrating what the protocols will be at the lowest level, the hospital, and then the information flow. now that we have the patient in new york city, now it's the post, sort of the investigation about where he's been, who could have been exposed, however unlikely. and, you know, part of this is a sense of grit. i think that is an important aspect of leadership. you saw in the mayor and governor, an impressive press conference. they portrayed grit. they understood what the threat was. they put it in perspective and they assured people the first
responders were doing everything possible. so so far it's looking as good as you can imagine the first ebola case in new york city looking. >> so you have to ask a question, right, in order to get an answer. we don't want to sensationalize this at all or scare people. but many people at home are asking the same questions. i have friends who lived with me in harlem, up in harlem. they're concerned about it. i read you their text messages in the break. people are really concerned. i'll ask you the questions people at home will be asking. we know that dr. spencer took the a train, the el train and the 1 train. and so earlier, we were asking why are they going to sanitize the bowling alley. we learned from the official here that the bowling alley did it themselves. new york city officials didn't ask them to do that. are people on the subway system safe? that's kwet. >> i would say they absolutely
are. when we ask should we be worried what is the risk, you're always talking a cost benefit analysis. what's the benefit we're going to get from sterilizing the subway system and what is the cost? we know they didn't close the bowling alley but the bowling alley can close itself and sperlize themselves. i'm sure in a couple of days they'll be running just fine. but the subway, the benefit is absolutely minimal. the viral being anywhere on that subway system is so vanishingly small. >> many said there are mixed messages coming from as high as the cdc and other organizations. is that bhie people are saying you know, there are so many unknowns with this, i just don't know. i'm not sure that they know. >> i think when you hear two different messages it is confusing. stlr some positives, though. this physician did not go through the er.
he called first responders who came prepared to treat ebola. there was no spread to any other patient. and the hospital seemed to be more prepared to handle this. they knew he was coming. they've been doing drills for months. they had mock patients. they've had a lot of different things that have been done. a lot of these hospitals have formed their own strike team, similar to the pentagon strike team. so within the hospital, it's not that every single person in the hospital has to be prepared to treat ebola. although they all know about ebola, but the strike teams are specifically trained to come in and take over when there's an ebola patient. >> the governor said there are 200 hospitals in the state and all of them were equipped to deal with ebola, but the ones equipped to deal with it most intensely, they designated eight hospitals in the state. but for a long time, dr. thomas f ri eden from the cdc said any hospital can treat an ebola patient. is that you juliet saying yeah? is that so? >> i think -- i think this is a
much smarter approach. this is part of the challenge that confronted the government the first month of this was sort of promises that it wasn't going to hit, we weren't going to get ebola. everyone knew that someone would come here and that every hospital was prepared. that is just unrealistic. this is a very, very unique disease that has only, you know, less than a handful of people have gotten it in the united states. so you can not prepare every hospital. and as we talked about cost benefit, the benefit of designating certain hospitals is, you know, just a good use of dollars and resources. >> it's smart and the governor said that tonight. he said the cost to outfit every single hospital in the state would just be immense and it's just not practical. do you work with ebola patients. >> until this epidemic, they've been very, very rare. >> as i understand, you were on your way to uganda to do some sort of training but you're not
going because of this breaking news story. have you worked with ebola patients and you said hemorrhagic fever. >> there are other ebola-type viruses that we treat similarly. in uganda they are very an outbreak of a very similar virus. >> we're going to be right back with more breaking news. ♪ (dad) there's nothing i can't reach in my subaru. (vo) introducing the all-new subaru outback. love. it's what makes a subaru,a subaru. ♪
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>> a doctor coming back from west aftercalf was diagnosed with ebola, the first diagnosed case in new york city. what are you learning miguel? >> his home has been sealed off and will remain sealed off until workers get in there and figure out if they need any more to investigate inside the apartment. health officials telling us that they will not be in his apartment tonight. but they probably will be in here tomorrow. police presence is increased in this area a bit. things seem to be calming down a bit for now. earlier tonight when that positive result came back, the neighborhood did light up quite a bit. a lot of people coming to the apartment to see what was going on. heightened police presence here.
increased amount of concern. we heard from a lot of people around the neighborhood who didn't seem very concerned. didn't think it was possible. was waiting for the test result to come back. as soon as it did, there was greater concern for people coming into the building and in this area. one individual who came in here sayi ining you know, i've got t take more precautions now. one good thing that the doctor did was not go to work for the ten days that he was back from guinea. one thing that will not set back was he took the 1 train, the a train, the l train, major subway lines here in new york city. even though they're saying there's no chance of people getting it, the fact that the health department is tracking all that, they say well, why track it if there's no chance of getting it. >> quickly, did you speak with
doctors without borders? because he was in guinea working with doctors without borders. what did they say? >> they have released their protocols finally so that we have a better sense of what doctor and all their health care workers who work in their zones come back and go through. it's a 21-day period, the same period as the disease takes to show. check temperature twice a day. it does not say anything about self-quarantining. they said this doctor did everything he was meant to do in order to quarantine himself or take care of himself. they do say, though, don't go bahhing to work for 21 days. he had not been to work for the ten days that he was back. he checked his temperature twice a day. once he had his temperature, he was experiencing symptoms he did call health professionals. they say he's done exactly what he should have done. >> earlier in new york, governor
andrew cuomo and mayor bill deblasio held a news conference along with top city officials. here's part of it. >> today testing confirmed that a patient here in new york city had tested positive for ebola. the patient is now here in bellevue hospital. we want to state at the outset, there is no reason for new yorkers to be alarmed. ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. it's transmitted only through con tangt with an infected person's blood or other bodily fluids. not through casual contact. >> we have had a full coordinated effort that has been working literally night and day, coordinating city, state and federal resources. coordinating and drilling from airports to transportation to subway stations to ambulances, to hospitals. so we are as ready as one could
be for this circumstance. >> the patient is presently hospitalized in isolation at this hospital. the patient is a 33-year-old doctor working with the famed human services organization, doctors without borders in guinea. he completed his work in guinea on the 12th of october and left guinea on the 14th of october. via europe where he arrived in the united states at jfk airport on the 17th of october. at the time that he departed guinea throughout his journey home to the united states, he was well with no symptoms. when he arrived in the united states, he was also well with no symptoms.
and he, being a medical doctor, undertook to check his temperature twice a day, which he has done since he departed from guinea. op the 21st, he began feeling somewhat tired, but the first actual symptoms that the patient displayed were today sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 this morning when he experienced a fever and contacted msf, who rapidly contacted the health department, and the process of bringing this patient to bellevue hospital as a person considered at high risk for ebola. >> bellevue has been preparing for this and we as a city and state have been prepearing for this for a while. all the processes involved in making sure that he's being monitored, taken care of here at
the hospital, i'm mention that in a minute. but most importantly, him getting into the hospital. the ems system brought him in with the proper protective gear. he was immediately brought to the isolation area that bellevue hospital has established for patients who could have ebola. he's been taken care of by an excellent team and all of his medical problems are being addressed. >> when it comes to his care, the federal government has and will continue to provide whatever assistance is required to make sure he's treated safely and effectively. i think as has been said, it is very important that people understand how ebola spreads and what the risk is. when someone gets ebola, they become -- they're not expected initially, but they become decreasingly infected the sicker they get. so right now, the concern is for the health care workers who are caring for him at bellevue. fortunately, bellevue has been
preparing for this and drilling for this. cdc has been in close communication with hospital authorities. in fact, by coincidence, or because of good preparations, we already had a team on the ground that had spent several days reviewing all of bellevue's preparations, even before this patient became ill. they had reviewed the preparations and observed the hospital working. we are also sending an additional cdc ebola response team, which is in transit now with individuals who have extensive experience treating ebola so that we can work in partnership in bellevue to make sure the patient gets as safe and effective care as pob. >> the prez conference earlier this evening, i need to tell you that andrew cuomo will be a guest on "new day" tomorrow morning. we'll be right back.
>> queer back with our breaking news coverage. the question is dr. gavin, how much have officials here, including the cdc and hospitals around the country, how much have they learned from dallas? >> we've heard the cdc director say there were glitches in protocols but we haven't seen the protocols and it wasn't defined what those glitches were. we haven't taken a lot of lessons learned away from dallas. but we have stuck with our basic principles of public health preparedness for highly infectious diseases such as ebola and as you heard from new york, the preparedness from
hospitals and especially bellevue had been going through for many weeks now. they're saying if the fans will be functional and effective to provide the patient care for an ebola patient, but also got to remember that again, bellevue is going to wake up in the morning and go oh, my gosh, i've got an ebola patient and they're going to realize how much waste is generated each day just by one patient. and they have the processes in place to dispose of safe ly all that waste. >> i'm glad you mentioned that. there's a video i just got. someone sent me, bob, say i just noticed that the nypd was taking
off gloves and putting them in public trash can. and i sent a note to producers saying true, i'm sitting here looking at the camera, i don't always see the video because i'm concentrating on sometimes what's on the teleprompter or thinking about what the next question is going to be. so here you go. is there any concern with that? >> i guess we don't know what they've been handling or doing. i mean, who knows. they may have just had -- i can't think of a single reason why they would be putting the gloves in the trash cans. but we don't know the full story. but for sure, it doesn't look good what they're doing there. >> there's a couple of things to consider. in the hospital, people wear gloves for a lot of different things. if you come in contact with any kind of blood or bodily fluids, you would not put those in a regular garbage can. you put them in biohazard trash. that's destroyed in a completely different ways. we don't know exactly what they're doing. they might just be wearing gloves to handle different
people they're arresting. >> and we don't know. again, we don't know whether the police officers, and we don't believe they had any direct contact with dr. spencer. but the problem is the perception with the public, any children, anyone who comes up to that trash can now and looks in and sees what looks like hospital gloves, they really don't know what's on them. and again, it causes fear, it causes mistrust. we've got to ensure again that everyone within the team, and this is what's really great about what new york is doing. don't dispose of them if your glove is in a public trash can. it doesn't give the right message to the public that we're looking after a them. >> interesting. okay, politics of ebola.
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>> he talked about the optics of ebola after our next segment you heard juliet kayyem said every leader around the country is going to talk to people making sure they're on bar, doing things correctly now. >> i think that's really important. we visit many u.s. hospitals. and we use these checklists to help develop score cards to assess the level of preparedness for u.s. hospital and health care facilities for ebola. we could work with a lot of those politicians saying here's the gaps, here's the needs, here's the drills and exercises that need to be conducted. here's the waste management plans that need to be put in place.
they said all the hospitals are prepar prepared. we know they're not. >> we've got to go. >> dr. gavin, thank you very much. thank you very much. we appreciate you joining us this evening. we're going to continue our breaking news coverage tonight in atlanta. >> breaking news on cnn continue this hour as new york responds to its first case of ebola. we are continuing to build details on this story. we'll retrace the steps of the doctor to make sure the deadly virus doesn't spread. >> we continue to talk with our guests that we've had on tonight. plus, shocking video of a man who attacked police officer with a hatchet. now investigators want to know if he had any links to terror groups.
>> new images of the shooter who invaded canada's parliament building. a closer look at how he got inside. >> and thank you again for joining us as we continue on a very busy news cycle rite now. especially with this story in new york that will continue following for you. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm errol barnett. welcome to those of you watching in the united states and around the world. >> test results came back positive just a few hours ago for this man, craig spencer, a 33-year-old doctor who recently returned from west africa. he developed a high fever and other ebola-like symptoms early thursday and is now in isolation in bellevue hospital there in new york. that's the city's designated ebola treatment facility. >> and here's what we know about his background. dr. spencer went to guinea in mid september with doctor without borders. he had been back in new york for
six days before he began feeling ill. >> we know that he left his pardon me and went on a three-mile jog. a sign that he was feeling quite well. and he also took the subway system. we know that he's ridden on the a train, the number 1 train, the l train. we're still getting more information about this. but we know that yesterday that he went to a bowling alley in williamsburg. he was feeling well at that time, and except for his feeling of fatigue. >> now at this moment, it's just past 12:30, late at night on the u.s. east coast. and a cdc response team, centers
for disease control, was due to arrive in new york late thursday to help trace the doctor's contacts. as far as we know, they have not arrived yet. as soon as they do, we will bring that to you. already dr. spencer's fiance and two close friends are under quarantine. but at this hour, they're not showing symptoms. >> so there is much going on there in new york, tracking where he was. his situation there in the hospital, who he came into contact with. right now, miguel marquez is outside dr. spencer's apartment there in new york. you've been there for some time, miguel. have you seen any activity or anything changing as people slowly learn about this situation? >> well, certainly there is an uptick in concern here in the neighborhood. there is, i can tell you, a heightened police presence we've seen for some hours now. as soon as that positive result came back, people in the neighborhood, the mood changed very quickly. there was sort of a jovial mood
earlier in the day about, you know, some of them expressing shock that ebola would be in their backyard. people who live here in a building are going to be more cautious, watch their own health more and think about what would happen if they have to deal with somebody themselves, somebody in their fem getting the disease. informing residents of what it takes to get ebola and when you have cob concerned. because of the number of trains he took, because of the activity that he's had, bowling alley in brooklyn. a park in new york as well, people are concerned. it's a bit of a double message they're getting. don't be concerned, you can't get it unless he's really
experiencing the symptoms, but at the same time they're tracking everywhere he's been. one thing that he did not do, which is reassuring a lot of folks is go to work. he works about 20 blocks from here. to some degree he stayed oit of public view and then once he get experience those symptoms he immediately called health professionals and checked himself into a hospital. at some point, we suspect health officials will enter his apartment, go through things there, see if they need to sanitize anything or bring anything to him or get rid of anything. for now, it's quiet here in
manhattan. all of a sudden we're hearing about more investigations. so thank you for pointing that out. it will be interesting to see what developed around his place as the story progresses. thank you, miguel for us. >> because we're speaking of a deadly virus and it's such a horrific virus, this is freaking people out. it really helped us walk through the science of this since the news broke that this patient does, in fact, have ebola there in new york. so many people are watching this and they're suspicious.
explain to us to what degree an ebola trade is contagious before they have a fever. because this new york patient did feel sluggish in the days before he had a fever. he went bowling, took a subway. could there have been a possibility that a certain level of the ebola virus could have been contagious at that point? >> i think we have to keep a couple of things in mind. ebola is only transmitted through bodily fluids. and pretty much, you're looking at how much virus is actually in the body fluids. so when someone has no symptoms, they pretty don't have the virus railly circulating in their bodily fluids. but once they start getting symptoms, those are usually proportional to how much the virus is taking a hold of your body. at the same time, if he didn't have any real symptoms in terms of the fever, which is usually the first symptom, the risk of having ebola or spreading ebola is very low.
once he started having fever, it change quite a bit. there's concern he was in public places but at that time he didn't have any symptoms. once he had symptoms, he was immediately taken to bellevue. >> we should note he's been following protocol and there's no reason at this moment to believe there's any reason to worry. however, there's a science and there's a social aspect to pit .science says don't worry, it won't happen. but now we're seeing the place is going to be cleaned. the uber taxi that he took didn't need that level of cleaning because there was no direct contact. however, we don't know what's going to happen when the tabloids post it on the front pages tomorrow.
should the cdc more strict? should there be a mandatory quarantine for these medics returning from west africa? if nothing else, not to add fuel for the fearful fire already burning in so many places? >> if we say there should be a mandatory 21-day quarantine, there are other risks for that as well. many folks may not go to west africa. the quarantine period is going to keep them out of work. it's also going to keep them from potentially in new york city ordering form or laundry down. here there's a lot of confusion. he was checking his temperature kwies a day. he was trying to follow guidelines but at the same time, being in these public places now, we can say it's low risk,
but as you mentioned, there's the public perception. what is actually going on. this is not a real quarantine. >> we appreciate your insight and helping to calm the breaking news. it has been a very busy news day in new york. officials trying to determine why a man attacked four nypd officers with a hatchet. >> yes, very brutal attack. he had been hiding behind a bus shelter waiting to attack officers. >> officials are concerned thursday's ax tack might be linked to terror. more now from jim shuto.
>> this was a brazen attack in broad daylight on the streets of new york city, queens, new york. four nypd police department officers walking. they had paused to take a photo when this man came out swinging a hatchet and attacked them. one of those officers injured in the arm. another injured in the head. and we're learning mbt about the attacker. he had a criminal record in california. he was discharged from the navy for missukt misconduct, but what is truly capturing the attention now, the new york police department are his postings on social media, on facebook, on youtube, which give them suspicions that this could be tied to recent calls by islamic extremist groups to attack soldiers, members of law enforcement, like we saw in the two attacks earlier this week in canada. a bulletin has gone out to new york city police officers to have a heightened level of awareness against random attacks like this one.
here's a random attack of what i've been told by intel vens officials that they're very concerned about. so-called lone wolf attacks. people who make a choice on their own. another man with a car that he used to attack and kill a canadian soldier. the level of concern certainly in canada but also in the u.s. very high for these kinds of attacks. >> lone wolf, the fbi director says he didn't like that term. thought it gave credence to the person. he preferred lone rat. >> or loony tune.
>> police are saying that michael zehaf-bibeau had a history with the law, mostly for drug and vie resistance. he had dual candidatian citizenship and his mother said he wanted to go to syria. >> piece are piecing together what happened in the attack. you see the gunman running from a car after shooting nathan cirillo. pedestrians see the gunman approach and run away. once through the front gates of parliament, he hijacks a car. you can see the driver running away. then chased by police, he heads towards the main parliament building. >> the gunman run up these steps and then through this main entrance. there are no medical detectors on this entrance. they're only used by reporters, people with proper credentials. there are some guards on the entrance it's not clear even if they are armed. but once he entered the building, that's when the shots began.
this video was taken by a reporter for the globe and mail. >> it's believed the gunman walked down in this direction? >> i was coming from over here. i heard the first round of gun fire. sounded like a rifle. then there was a lull. they advanced down this way. the prime minister, that's down on these -- >> that's here, yeah. on the left would have been the conservative, that's the governing party. the prime minister was in that room. >> can you see shots being fired? >> yeah. there were several people shooting. we've seen it reported, the sergeant at arms was a guy that downed him. i can't say that i saw him. all i saw was a lot of people firing.
>> do you know where he ended up going down? >> if my memory serves me, i think between where you see the shadows of those pillar, maybe just beyond that would have been where he was, maybe behind the pillar. >> do you think it's going to change things here? obviously the security here is going to change. there's little doubt about that. >> if you have to go through a metal detector, fine. you can get a lot of people onboard with that. if we start freezing out canadians or tourists, you might see a lot of members of parliament pushing back. this is supposed to be an open place in every sense of the word. >> they took time to honor the man credited with killing the alleged gunman. >> you can almost call him the
the funeral of nathan cirillo. his uncle says his mother is just devastated. i don't know if life is fair, i know one deserves to die at a young age or whatever, but he didn't deserve that. >> top military and political leaders paused at the war memorial thursday to pay their respects to corporal cirillo. many canadians also came to leave flowers and other mementoes. >> all right. we've got more to bring you here on cnn.
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>> from a public health point of view i feel confident that we're doing everything we should be doing and we have the situation under control. >> that's new york's governor there, andrew cuomo. it's worth reiterating if you're watching this from new york city, remain calm. news emerges that a doctor there has now been diagnosed with ebola. craig spencer was working in west africa with the group doctors without borders. but we know now he went bowl, he even took a ride with uber right before showing symptoms of the disease. >> we're joined by gavin
macgregor-skinner. we want to point out, you worked around the world in helping to fight pandemics and outbreaks. you worked after the tsunami, the indian tsunami to help prevent disease there. i want to ask you right off, we just heard the governor say, we have this situation under control. but we had some slip-ups here in this country right here. and we're trying to understand how to control ebola. what is your response to the u.s. preparedness and our response and where might there still be holes in that? >> i think what we're doing now is we're seeing a an approach, we're starting to regionalize our response. initially the cdc director said every hospital in the country was going to prepare for ebola. we know that based just on money, resources, that's not possible. we know based on the personal protective equipment that the gowns, the mask and the gloves and the facials, yeah, there's a
limited supply of those. it's important we identify the few hospitals in each state that can be properly prepared. now, we just heard from bellevue hospital and new york. they have been drilling and drilling and drilling, practicing, rehearsing and getting prepared now for weeks. many other hospitals don't have the money or the resources to do that. and we need to come up where a national training program, a national communication plan and then a strategy to go out and then actually do on sight visits and visit these hospitals and help them beprepared and ensure everyone else if they get a suspect patient, triage, isolate and then call for help and we transfer them to the ebola certified ready hospitals we identified around the country. >> there aren't that many of them. >> that's the hospital situation. what about the time up until the patient gets to the hospital. are we in some way running right
up to the very ejts it seems when this person is out and about and mixing with people. does that give you pause? >> i think it's really important to consider, i have a lot of friends and colleagues in west africa, i've been to west africa myself working with ebola patients. the work that we do is really intense. it's stressful. we're scared every dpay. we're also very well trained. we work under a very strict management and system to ensure that we don't make mistakes and expose ourselves to the virus. there's many more of my colleagues that are still working that have not developed any symptoms. we all want to come back to the u.s. we want to see our family, our loved ones. we want b to be here for thanksgiving, here for christmas. then when we recharged the batteries, we want to go back to wecht africa again. we now have a team in bellevue hospital, new york. again, it's very stressful. none of us have direct contact and save ebola patients want to
hear a story that we have to be in quarantine. we want to control our movement. we want to take our temperatures. but we don't want to be stuck in quarantine for 21 days. that's not what we need. >> that's still a question that many people are asking. because there is that fear factor of the people there in new york city. we appreciate your time with us. we'll speak with you again. thanks so much. >> you're welcome. >> ur watching cnn. i will see you in one hour from now. i'm errol barnett. >> i'll be right back at the top of the hour with more on this first ebola case in new york. plus, we will take you to sierra leone where the president is defending what some call a slow response to the ebola crisis. sculpting the sleek body of the all-new mercedes-benz gla took nearly 600lbs of high- strength steel. setting industry-leading safety standards took 20,800 crash simulations. and perfecting its engine took over 1.1 million miles of extreme driving.
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